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February 17 is Capitol Conservation Day

Georgia Water Coalition – Capitol Conservation Day 2015 | photo © 2015 Erik Voss

Registration is now open for Capitol Conservation Day! We will start the day with a free buffet breakfast at 8AM at Central Presbyterian Church across the street from the Capitol.

After briefings on current water related legislation we will go across the street and meet with legislators. To find out more about this important event and to register follow this link.

State admits Glades is not needed for water supply – Take Action NOW

In a sudden turnaround, Georgia now admits what CRK has long advocated: Glades Reservoir is unnecessary. This about face is due largely to significantly lower estimates of metro Atlanta’s future water supply needs.

CRK has obtained comments submitted by the state of Georgia in response to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) request for public input on its draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the long overdue Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) Water Control Manual. The Manual guides the Corps in operating the federal reservoirs along the Chattahoochee River.

Also in its comments, the State of Georgia requests an even lower flow in the Chattahoochee River at Peachtree Creek of 550 cubic feet per second. For forty plus years, a minimum flow of 750 cfs has been maintained in the river. Lower flows have not been adequately studied and may lead to water quality problems and negative impacts to recreation.

CRK is strongly urging the Corps to reject the Glades Reservoir project because it is no longer justified. Comments on the Glades DEIS are due February 15. Join CRK in calling on the Corps to reject the Glades project. Submit comments on line here:

You can read CRK’s comments on the ACF Water Control Manual Draft Environmental Impact Statement here.

Toxic Dump Site Restored 

MnK eblastOn October 19, CRK reached a settlement agreement with property owner M&K Warehouses, LLC, which concludes a Clean Water Act case that began in 2013. Two years ago, CRK discovered that its tenant, American Sealcoat, was dumping asphalt sealant chemicals into a tributary less than 1,000 feet from the river.

M&K has worked diligently to reverse the environmental harm caused by American Sealcoat, spending more than $500,000 on remediation, restoration and stabilization work and will also contribute $90,000 to local environmental projects to keep the Chattahoochee River clean and safe.

“CRK is pleased with this resolution and that M&K agreed to a thorough clean-up of the affected property—we’re assured that future stormwater runoff from the site will not carry any further contaminants to our beloved Chattahoochee River,” says Riverkeeper Jason Ulseth. “This settlement agreement shows that cooperation is much more effective and successful than conflict.  We think this case sends a clear message to other industrial operators and property owners that compliance with water quality laws is not optional, and hope that it encourages them to follow M&K’s example of cooperation and compliance.”

Read the full press release. 

 

Community Spotlight

CRK has a new member: 10 year old Kirkland O’Neal!

“My name is Kirkland O’Neal and I am in 5th grade at Steels Bridge Elementary.  I joined CRK because I want to participate and help preserve our beautiful Hooch.  I recently moved to the South Forsyth area and live near old Settles Bridge where my dad and I recently picked up about 100 pounds of trash along Southers Circle along the River!

I want to do a a science fair project on the watershed this year. I love the river and plan on supporting Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and my community as I grow up.”

– Kirkland O’Neal

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